What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?

Implant-supported dentures are similar to dental implants in many ways, but there are some important differences. Dental implants, for instance, typically replace one or several missing teeth. Implant-supported dentures, on the other hand, are designed to replace all missing teeth. Both procedures typically begin the same way. You will receive a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Shen, who will evaluate your gum and bone structure to determine if you have adequate tissue for the treatment. In some cases, patients may be encouraged to undergo bone grafting to optimize their chances of a successful outcome. If so, she will then surgically implant a number of titanium posts into your jawbone onto which the restorative dentures eventually will be attached. The number of posts needed to optimize your results will depend on your unique needs and goals. Dr. Shen will discuss all of this information with you prior to your operation.

Once the implants have fused to the jawbone, Dr. Shen will create an impression and customize your dentures to suit your anatomy and aesthetic desires. Our state-of-the-art techniques and technology help to ensure your outcome is as natural-looking and durable as possible. Once the dentures are finished, Dr. Shen will attach them to your implants. You can then enjoy your newly rebuilt smile with confidence.

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What Are the Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures?

With implant-supported dentures, you can again indulge in many of the foods you may have had to give up with traditional dentures. They can also provide a freedom and confidence you may not have thought possible. Other benefits include:


Implantation from start to finish can take between four and eight months to complete. Though this may seem lengthy, the process of achieving long-term function and beauty of your teeth should not be rushed. It’s important to note, proper care of your dentures is essential. Just like natural teeth, your dentures should be brushed and flossed to reduce the risk of damage and decay. Dr. Shen will detail any special instructions for you to follow, though typically implant-supported dentures will be lower-maintenance than traditional dentures.

What Are My Tooth Replacement Options for Implant Dentures?

Every patient has unique needs and preferences, and we can help you determine which method of restoring your smile offers the best possible outcome based on a number of factors. During your initial consultation, we will talk to you about the following options and guide you toward the solution that can optimize your result. As always, the decision on how to proceed will ultimately be yours. 

Full-Arch Replacement

For patients that need to replace a full dental arch of missing teeth, implant-supported dentures can offer a natural look and feel with long-lasting results. Full arch replacement patients may experience a boost in self-confidence from a renewed, healthy-looking smile and benefit from improved speaking and chewing abilities. In addition to the more immediate cosmetic and functional benefits, this technique can also help prevent future jaw alignment irregularities and aesthetic facial imbalances.

Full Mouth Dental Implants

To replace a full mouth of missing teeth, which includes the complete upper and lower dental arch, Dr. Shen may recommend full mouth reconstruction using dental implants. This fully-customized, multi-modality procedure provides a final result that looks, feels, and functions like a natural set of teeth—from the newly implanted “roots” and abutments to the highly secure, customized crown, bridge, and/or denture prosthetics. Dr. Shen is extensively trained in implantology, including advanced surgical techniques, and she routinely provides exceptional outcomes for her patients.

All-on-4® and All-on-6

As full-arch replacement solutions, the All-on-4® and All-on-6 methods are specific techniques for placing fixed implant-supported dentures. Between four and six dental implant posts are placed on each arch in strategic locations to create stable and durable anchors for securing custom denture prosthetics. This technique can help to optimize denture retention for a long-lasting replacement that supports improved speech, chewing, and oral health and hygiene. Furthermore, even patients who have been told they are not good implant candidates in the past may be eligible for All-on-4® or All-on-6 treatment.

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How Long Do Implant-Supported Dentures Last?

Once the dental implant posts have fully fused with the jawbone, they can be considered a permanent part of the mouth. With proper care, excellent oral hygiene, and routine check-ups, the attached implant-supported denture can last for 15 to 20 years, or sometimes even longer. Patients should be aware that bacteria build-up in the mouth is one of the top reasons for implant failure, so following daily upkeep and regular maintenance is an essential part of preserving the longevity of their implant-supported dentures. If a new prosthetic is needed at any time, the customized replacement denture can be anchored using the existing implant posts without the need for an additional surgery.

How Much Do Implant Dentures Cost?

The price of implant dentures will vary from patient to patient, as the procedure is tailored to the individual needs of the person being treated. Dental implants, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, can cost between $3,000 and $4,500 each. In addition, you should factor in the cost of the dental appliance. Implant dentures are an investment designed to last many years, in many cases for the rest of your life. Other methods may be budget-friendly upfront, but could cost more in the long run due to replacements and wear and tear. We can help you get the most out of your implant dentures and preserve your smile and your investment.

How Do I Care for My Implant Dentures?

Your denture is relatively easy to maintain. It should be removed at night for cleaning, and you should also clean the abutments set into your jaw. Routine checkups with the dentist are also important, and she will evaluate your appliances to ensure they are in good shape and functioning as desired. If you grind or clench your teeth, it is important to wear a nightguard or eliminate the underlying cause to reduce wear and tear and minimize the risk of damage to your restoration. You will likely find that your implant-supported denture fits more comfortably and securely than a traditional denture and makes eating, drinking, and speaking easier too.

For more information about implant-supported dentures, please contact our office. Our friendly and knowledgeable team is happy to answer questions and to help you schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Shen.

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